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Tickets for The Royal Edinburgh: Skip The Line

Unlimited transportation and skip-the-line access to the capital's top 3 sites

Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date.
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  • Three guided hop-on hop-off bus routes through Edinburgh take you from Old Town to New Town, from the Botanical Garden to the Britannia Yacht
  • Skip the line to Holyroodhouse Palace, the favorite residence of Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II, and the venue for both of Mary Queen of Scots' weddings
  • The Stone of Destiny in Edinburgh Castle (also known as the Stone of Scone or the Coronation Stone) is where kings of Scotland and England have been crowned for over a thousand years

The Royal Edinburgh ticket gets you 48 hours of unlimited travel on the City Sightseeing, Edinburgh Tour, and the Majestic Tour buses. Additionally, this package includes skip-the-line tickets to three must-see locales: Holyrood Palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and Edinburgh Castle. Go to what interests you, get right in to the busiest attractions, and stay as long as you want.

Get two full days to travel Auld Reekie by bus: so 41 stops on three different lines, all with audio accompaniment. Plus, skip-the-line access to three of the finest sites in the city!

Edinburgh Castle is a frequently besieged fortress that towers over the city, and is home to the oldest British crown jewels and the National War Museum. The Baroque Holyrood Palace lies on the other end of Royal Mile and is said to be the favorite residence of Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II.

Your bus routes will also take you out to Leith, where you can see another of Scotland's favorite visitor attractions: the luxurious Royal Yacht Britannia. This elegant vessel was the at-sea home of the British Royal family for 44 years.

With 1400 years of history, Edinburgh is home to more sights than one traveler could see - but that's no reason not to try!

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Skip The Line
What's included
  • Skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle
  • Skip-the-line access to Holyrood Palace
  • Skip-the-line access to Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Access to the Edinburgh Tour
  • Access to the Majestic Tour
  • Access to the City Sightseeing Tour
Starting point
31 Waverley Bridge, EH1 1BQ, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, EH1 2NG, Edinburgh

Swap your smartphone voucher for a paper ticket at the Lothian Buses office on Waverley Bridge, near Waverley Station.


Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date.

Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Additional info


  • April, May & October: 09:00 – 18:00
  • June - September: 09:00 – 19:00
  • November – March: 09:00 – 17:00

Getting There

Any bus or train to Waverley Station.

Insider tip

If you're early enough, there's a great view of the firing of the One O’Clock Gun from the tower of Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the battery of Mount Mills. Watch (and hear) a tradition that goes all the way back to 1861.

Senior Copywriter
Aug 20, 2018
A great way to see the sights of Edinburgh and avoid the queues , even during the Fringe.
Aug 13, 2018
Worth its value. Buses are frequent enough to cover all three main attractions. Staff is also very friendly. You get two days to cover the city, which is also good.
Skip the line is only helpful for Edinburgh Castle as crowd in other two attractions is relatively thin, but in any case it saves you time of purchasing tickets.
Aug 10, 2018
Saved so much queuing time as it was at the time of the festival it was very busy, so spent longer at attractions not in the queue.
Jul 24, 2018
Good system. Saw everything and avoided joining queues to buy tickets at chosen locations.
Jul 22, 2018
Save money with this combo 👍
Jul 21, 2018
Great experience. Loved access to the hop on off buses. Easy entrance at all 3 major attractions.
Jul 20, 2018
A great way to see the sites of Edinburgh. The people we encountered at every stage of the process were very friendly and helpful. The tour guides’ stories added depth to the character of the city. It was an excellent value!!
Jul 17, 2018
Excellent experience. Very quick access to the castle and palace. Very good guide and staff. Great for us.
Jul 12, 2018
The people at the ticket counter were extremely helpful and very pleasant.
Jun 24, 2018
Saves money, really easy

Common questions

What do these tickets include?
This ticket includes a single entrance to the venue, in combination with other services. You can find this information under the section 'What's included' on this page.
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